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The dark tale of Kullervo reveals that Tolkien's Middle Earth was inspired not only by England and Wales… but also by Finland.
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Every time I try to use some kind of WYSIWYG design tool for layouts I remember why I just code things myself whenever possible. Somebody on Quora likened using these to trying to ride a bicycle with training wheels on. Helpful to people who can't ride bikes, but for everyone else…
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I normally just go to Sahara Lounge on Saturdays ("Africa Night"), but if Wednesdays are like this —

https://facebook.com/SaharaLoungeATX/videos/984123711628893

— I might have to swing by more often…
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Loose Livestock on Ranch Road 1837
West Texas Highway Signs

Just south of Ft. Davis, Tx is Ranch Road 1837. Ranch Roads are part of the State's secondary highway system. Many of these roads are not fenced and provide ranch to marked right-of-ways. In this wide open, unfenced ranch land livestock can appear almost anywhere.

#landscapephotography #naturephotography #Texas #WestTexas #FtDavis #RanchRoads #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape

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Astronomers have discovered a very rare system of five connected stars.
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I really liked this video.
Juan Pablo Culasso has been blind since birth but he has become one of the best
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Absolutely ridiculous video stabilization rig
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We humans are stupid animals.
Presenter Sophie Morgan visited Ghana and found that the stigma attached to being disabled can lead to confinement and torture.
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More broadly I think it's just superstition. For example, believing a demon (or curse or just an unreasoned "best guess" or gut thought) is causing something, or that doing X will fix something (where X is not a well-reasoned action). I don't think people in Ghana are inherently more or less superstitious than, say, Americans — it's just that we live in a society which guides our natural tendencies and shapes them into something different than society in Ghana does.

For the same reason, I don't think the German majority who went along with Hitler before and during WWII were different than Americans (or anyone else), it's just that the environment and social factors were such that the masses ended up expressing themselves in a very negative way. In America, there is less racism than there was a century ago, but that is not because we've evolved to be more intelligent or something like that (we haven't), it's just that society guides us differently than it did then, so we end up in a different place. I hope one day in the future we will stop causing animals to suffer, and if that ever happens I think people will look back at people in our times and think about them in the same way we currently think about people who stood by and did nothing and had absurd opinions about the abuse of blacks during the worst times for them in this country.

This also explains why people raised in one location tend follow a particular religion, or no religion, or whatever… the religious people in my family for example are Christian, but no doubt had I grown up in a predominantly Muslim country, the religious people in my family would all (or mostly) be Muslim. It's not some kind of crazy coincidence.

So that's why I say we are just stupid animals. The only way the masses — not the odd individual, but the masses — will behave reasonably (and hopefully positively) is if society has makes that the easiest, most comfortable, attractive path to take. Even then, I think deep down, for most people, it's basically rote behavior, but I don't know.

Point is, we are capable of terrible things by default. But yes, the solution is to alter behavior, and I agree that stories like this are helpful for that reason.
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This looks so much fun.
Williams driver Valtteri Bottas takes BBC F1 pit lane reporter Lee McKenzie for a spin round a track carved out of the ice in Lapland.
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